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Report of Malcolm Glazer’s death a false Internet hoax

Posted May 24, 2012 by Ira Kaufman

Updated May 24, 2012 at 12:48 PM

A Twitter report early this morning that Tampa Bay Buccaneers owner Malcolm Glazer had died created a brief Internet firestorm and was denied by the Glazer family today.

Bucs co-chairman Joel Glazer said Thursday the online report that his father, who turns 85 on Friday, had died after a “massive stroke” was erroneous.

The tweet that sparked the flurry of online rumors was posted by a user identified as Danny McMoomis of Manchester, England, who wrote:

“CNN Reports from Tampa - Malcolm Glazer dies in hospital at 2am local time following 3rd massive stroke. #mufc #glazer #RIPMalcolmGlazer”

The Glazer family also owns Manchester United, the globally popular soccer team in the English Premier League. The Glazers have been unpopular owners with many Man U fans since taking over the team in 2005. Malcolm Glazer lives in Palm Beach, not Tampa.

Manchester United quickly confirmed to the BBC that rumors about Glazer’s death were incorrect. Joel Glazer reiterated that this morning.

No such report was made by CNN, but citing that trusted news source seemed to give the rumor extra legs and it was briefly the top trending topic in England on Twitter.

When the hoax was revealed, several Twitter users directed their ire toward McMoomis, who deleted the original post and later tweeted:

“Sorry, Malcolm. I understand this isnt the kind of interest you’re usually after. Forever in your debt.”

Malcolm Glazer suffered a pair of strokes in 2006 and his sons have taken over the day-to-day operations of the Bucs and Manchester United.

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